Do you want to work with wood or plywood? If it is yes, Skil 5280-01 Circular saw is the best option for you. But why? It depends on some criteria like the brand, quality, easy to use, value of the price, cutting smoothness, and many other things. If you work with wood or plywood, stay with me and read Skil 5280-01 review.

I researched different circular saw like Dewalt DC390B or Dewalt DWE575SB. But I recommend Skil 5280-01. Skil is a tool company established in 1924 and they produced different quality and professional product for the user. In the depth overview, I like power and laser light and I dislike steel base plate.

  • Weight -8.7 pounds
  • AMP -15 amp
  • Blade Diameter -7-¼ inches
  • Cord Length -6 feet
  • Arbor Size – ⅝ inches
  • Bevel Capacity – 51 degrees
  • Bevel Stop – 45 degrees
  • Motor Speed – 5200 RPM
  • Depth of cut – 2-⅜ inches
  • Laser Guide – Yes
  • Blade Teeth (Carbide Blade) – 24
  • Dimensions – 14.25 x 9.75 x 8.5 inches
  • Horsepower – 2.5 HP

Skil 5280-01 is a 2.5 horsepower motor which delivers the speed 5200 RPM. In my comparison, I get the industry average is 5600 RPM. Why speed is important? Because it maximizes the faster rotating the blade, clean cut, smooth and straight cut.

It is the lightest circular saw which weight is 8.7 pounds. It also compatible with standard and arbor size blade. You can see the blade position on the right-hand side. But one problem is watching the blade when running the circular saw. But it increases the overall balance and makes it easier to handle the saw.

It has a cutting depth 2-7/16 inches at the 90 degrees and 1-15/16 inches cutting depth at the 45-degree angle. The circular saw has 51-degree bevel capacity which also stops at 45 degrees. Bavel capacity is important for angle cut which will help you straighter the handle but cut with an angle.

The Skil 5280-01 comes with a dust blower which removes the dust from the cut line. It helps to straight cut. Another advantage is the laser guide. Laser guide helps to cut straight. The beginner who is the first with the circular saw, they cut straight with laser guide.

There are many great features but I see some feature does not include here. There is no electric brake which will stop the blade within 2 or 3 seconds. Another missing feature is the fence. The fence is square but not adjustable.

The blade diameter is 7-¼ inches which are carbide blade. The cord size is 6 feet. If you compare with the industry average of cord size, cord size is more enough to work. But the industry average of cord size is 8 feet, the more is good for easier to use.

Do you search for a battery powered circular saw? But I recommend you corded circular saw. But why? Because you don’t see some feature like laser guide or onboard storage.

Laser guide will help for accurate cutting the materials like wood or plywood. You can also cut the melamine sheets with changing the blade.

Skil 5280-01 is best for homeowner and hobbyist with wood and a great feature is laser guide.

It is the best for building shelving racks. You can cut the wood like butter. I recommend it for its smoothness. When you cut a lot, you can notice lighter saw is the best. The sawdust blower makes a straight and clean cut.

When you are a beginner with a circular saw, straight angle cut is very tough. But laser may help you. You may be tired with the battery powered circular saw because powered saw maybe died in the middle of a cut.

The price of the circular saw is the best for the standard quality. When you buy the same requirement circular saw, you can see the price is too much high. When you buy the product you get the one-year limited warranty. Since warranty time is too short but the lifetime is high.

Pros and Cons

Laser Guide will help to cut straight
Very smooth blade guard operation
Trigger and handle hole are more bigger using with gloves
Multiple uses like wood, plywood and melamine
Excellent quality for the price
No electric brake which would stop the blade with 2 or 3 seconds
Steel base plate, Aluminum or magnesium is the best for plate
Motor sits too low to the shoe
Fence is square but not adjustable

Research on Skil 5280-01

Skil 5280-01 is a great circular saw for wood and plywood cutting. I research the circular on the basis of five criteria like Quality of the product, value vs price, cutting feature, technical feature and ease of use. When you want to buy the product, you should ensure the quality of the product. You have seen the great feature like laser guide, 6 feet cord, bevel capacity 51 degree stops at 45 degree and multiple uses.

Since some things should be notified to me like an electric brake, fence not adjustable or steel plate, I recommend it for the best wood cutting circular saw. You can not see all feature in the same circular saw. You can use it with multiple purposes with changing the blade. You have to know blade are important for different materials cutting.

  • Quality of Product 91% 91%
  • Value vs Price 95% 95%
  • Cutting Feature 97% 97%
  • Technical Feature 92% 92%
  • Ease of Use 87% 87%


Overall score

Though it is good for the professional woodcutter, it is the best circular saw for the hobbyist or homeowner or DIY enthusiast. Our over score is 92% or 4.6.

Giant Review

You can also read the Walmart and lows review. Their review score is accordingly 4.4 and 4.5 out of 5. So they recommend it average 89%.

Final Verdict

I recommend the Skil 5280-01 circular saw for the homeowner, DIY enthusiast and hobbyist person for wood or plywood cutting. It has some amazing feature like laser cutting, lightest, safety and great design. When you research on the circular saw for wood cutting, Skil 5280-01 circular saw is the best option for you.